I am really enjoying drawing these blind contour faces...much more than trying to draw them "for real". I decided today to use white ink on black paper. I think they are so interesting to look at. I like that they make me slow down while drawing but I'm finding that my eyes and hand aren't moving at the same rate so I need to be more mindful of keeping them on pace. For the other picture, I decided to do some continuous line drawings of some random reference pictures I had laying around. These weren't blind because I could look at the page while drawing but theses types of drawings are made with one continuous line. I'll admit I did pick up the pen a few times on the bicycle but really only where the tires pass behind the frame. I like the wonkiness of these kind of drawings.
Someone in my Sketchbook Skool group suggested doing blind contour faces to practice them and to help get a better feel for how the features are oriented. Blind contour lines are made by slowly moving the pen on the page, tracking the movement of your eye but never looking at the paper. These are very abstracted but I must admit that I like these so much more than the face drawings I've done so far. They are really interesting. What's interesting, too is that when I drew the features first (eyes, nose, mouth, etc) and then drew the outlines of the face, they look much more facelike but the ones where I drew the outline of the face first ended up with the features outside of that outline.
Ugh...feeling like hell but trying to create as much as I can. Today, I decided to play around with blind contours. These drawings are made by not looking at the paper at all (I cover my drawing hand with the previous page in my sketchbook to remove the temptation to peek) while you are drawing, only following the edges of the object with your eyes and trying to have your hand follow that movement. I had grabbed a bunch of squashes/gourdes at the store the other day so I set out to draw them. The leaves turned out really well...I promise I didn't peek once! Blind contours are funky with the emphasis on fun! Hoping for better health tomorrow!